Lessons From an Unlikely Teacher

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06/15/2005| 0 comments
by Jim Lehman

Lessons From an Unlikely Teacher

The interesting thing about being a coach is that you often assume the role of the teacher.

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The best riders are often the most confident riders in the paddock.   They possess the mental tools to deal with adversity and are capable of adjusting to the challenges of the sport.   You can even see it in the way these riders carry themselves.   There is a certain swagger to their step as they walk into the team area, they exude confidence and it almost becomes contagious throughout the team.   If the rider believes in the bike and what the team is doing, then the staff feeds off this energy and it impacts everything they do.   In addition, the competition senses the team?s confidence and they begin to doubt their preparation, their team, their bike, etc.   All great athletes possess this characteristic, and whether you are talking about Lance Armstrong or Ben Bostrom, this psychological edge allows them to separate themselves from the rest of the field.  


At the end of the day, it is important to learn whenever and wherever you can.   The lessons you learn, whether from cycling or motorcycle racing, help you develop your own approach to competition and training. Perhaps the biggest lesson of all is to be aware of your surroundings, expand your horizons, and seek lessons where you least expect them.


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